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Egyptian TV network al-Tahrir stirred the Arab conspiracy theory pot this week, suggesting in a news segment that a 2001 episode of The Simpsons indicates that the U.S. might have incited the Syrian Civil War as part of a broader plot to destabilize the Arab world. In the episode, titled New Kids on the Blecch, the always mischievous Bart Simpson, Milhouse, Nelson and Ralph are recruited to form a boy band, whose first single "Drop Da Bomb" is actually part of a subliminal recruitment campaign orchestrated by the Navy. In the video, the boys pilot war planes and

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